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First High-Res Public Imaging Satellite Set to Launch in August

A month ago, the US Government lifted restrictions on high-detail satellite images. Previously, these restrictions prohibited the capture of anything under 1.64 feet in size; now that they’re gone, a number of companies are anxious to launch their latest and greatest satellites and bring high res satellite imagery to the public for the very first time.

And the first to finish line is Lockheed Martin, whose DigitalGlobe‘s high-res WorldView-3 satellite is set to take off in August.

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This Algorithm Changes the Time of Day, Season and Weather in Your Photos

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Researchers at Brown University have created an intriguing little algorithm that allows you to alter the weather, time of day and even season in your outdoor photographs.

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PhotoDNA Lets Google, FB and Others Hunt Down Child Pornography Without Looking at Your Photos

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Earlier this week it came out that Google turned over a man whose emails had contained an unstated amount of child pornography. And while the world as a whole seemed glad to have the perpetrator caught, there was some concern as to how whether Google dug through his emails to find these images, effectively killing the privacy of email.

However, it’s through a dedicated software that uses unique hashtags of sorts that drew Google to outing this individual. It’s called PhotoDNA and is developed by none other than Microsoft.

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NASA Working On 3D-Printed Optics Technology, Could Eventually Make Its Way to Consumers

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Exploded view of the CubeSat-class 50-millimeter (2-inch) imaging instrument that technologist Jason Budinoff is manufacturing with 3-D-printed parts.

By the end of September, NASA engineer Jason Budinoff is hoping to finish the first imaging telescopes to be created almost completely out of 3D-printed aluminum.

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external In Defense Of Flash — A Homage To Harsh Lighting —TIME

“There is a real overblown look at the world in these photos, where a lot of things are cast in deep shadows and the protagonist is made really evident by being washed out in this incredibly dramatic, white light,” Bock told TIME. “The flash actually becomes the moment itself. It consistently changes how our world looks.”

 
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Incredible Editing Technique Lets You Turn 2D Objects in a Photo Into 3D Objects You Can Manipulate

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are blowing minds with a new image editing method that allows you to transform a 2D object in a photo into a 3D model that you can then move around and manipulate however you’d like.

Spin it, flip it, twist it, basically anything the game Bop It used to let you do, you can do to this newly-rendered 3D object (well… except bop it… but I’m sure they’re working on that). Read more…

Of Course We Took One Apart: A Look Inside the Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS

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This is a geek article. Many of you don’t understand the term ‘geek’ properly, so perhaps this will help. As the graph below shows, if you aren’t both intelligent and obsessed with photo gear, you won’t enjoy this article. Read more…

Scientists Figure Out How to Record Audio by Seeing Vibrations with a Camera

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Here’s something that will blow your mind: scientists have figured out how to extract audio from images captured with a camera. By looking at the extremely small vibrations captured by a high speed camera, researchers have been able to recreate music and speech from nothing but visual information.
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Olympus Patents ‘Splash-Triggering’ Mode, Presumably for Its Tough Lineup

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Well, here’s your strange patent of the month. According to the latest patent filings from Olympus, it seems as though they’ve created a special triggering system for their ‘Tough’ waterproof camera lineup that will automatically snap a photo when it detects a splash of water.

While more details can only be hypothesized, it’s safe to say this feature is probably directed at parents of little ones who want to capture the waterlogged adventures of their children. Details on how the triggering system works are absent, but it’s rather intriguing nonetheless.

Of course, this tech may never make it into a consumer product. But if it does, we’ll be sure to share such a camera with you.

(via 4/3 Rumors)

Exciting Experimental Display Technology Could Let You Ditch Your Glasses and Contacts

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A team from Berkeley, in collaboration with MIT and Microsoft, have developed a super exciting display technology that should have glasses and contact-wearing photographers jumping for joy. Due to be showed off at SIGGRAPH this coming week, the prototype they’ve developed automatically adjusts to suit your less-than-perfect eyesight so you can ditch your contacts and/or glasses when you’re using it. Read more…